April 17, 2009
Have you ever been hungry? I mean really hungry. I have. When I was in college and badly managed my money, I ran out of food. I was resourceful, though, in the kitchen and lived off of popcorn for a week, or a bag of potatoes. But what if I was a kid? What if I had no control over my circumstances and I was hungry? Stomach growling, pangs of hunger, taking over my thoughts. And what if there was no food around anywhere?
The sad truth is that this happens all the time. Hungry kids are all over the world and you and me? We have the power to stop it. Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Portland is coming up on April 27th and by buying a ticket you can help feed hungry children right in our state. This year's event benefits the Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force, St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program and Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank.
Why should you buy a ticket? Well, for starters, some of Portland's most awesome restaurants will be serving food. Here's some of what you'll be tasting:
Meyer Lemon Oil & Spring Herb Crudo of MSC Certified Wild Alaskan Salmon atop an English Cucumber Disc
Roasted Leg of Mutton with Bitter Greens and Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Causitas Moradas y Solteritos - Traditional Peruvian preparation of fresh lime flavored potatoes with savory fillings: purple potatoes with shredded chicken and aji amarillo; yellow potatoes with garden fresh vegetables
Grilled Rosemary Lamb Sausage with Baby Field Greens
Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Chilled Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Crème Fraiche
Various wineries and breweries will be there as well, supplying beverages. You can see a complete list of restaurants and what they will be serving, as well as the wineries and breweries at Taste of the Nation Portland.
General admission tickets are $75. Honestly the menu is totally worth the money and there will be some fantastic items being auctioned off in a silent auction. There will also be live music.
If you were going to eat out twice in the next two weeks, why not save up and go to the Taste of the Nation Portland instead? You will be able to taste some of the most amazing food in the city and help hungry kids in Oregon at the same time.
On the other hand, if $75 is a bit steep for you, don't despair. Share Our Strength has partnered with Lizzy Dishes to offer a pair of VIP tickets in a giveaway! They are worth $125 each. I know! Your lucky day.
Please leave a comment on this post, telling me about your favorite meal in Portland lately, why it's your favorite, and your email address. In order to win, you must be able to attend the event at 5:30pm on April 27th at Luxe Autohaus in Portland and you must be 21 or over.
The winner will be notified next Friday, the 24th by midnight.